Not all food toxins are introduced by humans, some toxins, including mycotoxins and marine biotoxins, occur naturally. The production of mycotoxins, the secondary metabolites from mold produced in foods and grains often occur from natural environmental conditions, while marine biotoxins are simply the natural toxins produced by phytoplankton in marine food products such as shellfish.
Mycotoxicosis, poisoning due to the consumption of mycotoxins, can result in a variety of effects, acute and chronic, such as vomiting and even death. Similarly, marine biotoxin poisoning can result in symptoms like gastrointestinal upset and major injuries like respiratory paralysis. These compounds are highly regulated due to their cytotoxic and carcinogenic nature.
SCIEX solutions for mycotoxin and natural toxin testing provide the food testing lab with workflows that allow comprehensive toxin screening in a single analysis to ensure that the levels of these toxins are below human risk limits. Screen for dozens of toxins in dozens of different types of food and water samples, with sensitively and reliably, on a single system.